• (America) IPA: /ɹiˈfɔɹm/, /ɹəˈfɔɹm/


  1. The change of something that is defective, broken, inefficient or otherwise negative, in order to correct or improve it
    • 19 February 2011, Barack Obama, Presidential Weekly Address, America Will Win the Future
      ...over the past two years, my administration has made education a top priority. We’ve launched a competition called “Race to the Top” – a reform that is lifting academic standards and getting results; not because Washington dictated the answers, but because states and local schools pursued innovative solutions.
    The elections need to undergo a serious reform.
    A major reform is needed to improve the efficiency in the factory.
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reform (reforms, present participle reforming; past and past participle reformed)

  1. (transitive) To put into a new and improved form or condition; to restore to a former good state, or bring from bad to good; to change from worse to better
    • 15 January 2018, Adebisi Onanuga and Robert Egbe in The Nation', ‘How we stopped DPP’s office from being used to settle scores’ ↗''
      In this interview with Law Editors and Correspondents, he speaks on the gains of reforming the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), efforts to keep underage persons out of jail.
    • 1909, H. G. Wells, The History of Mr. Polly Chapter 9
    to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals; to reform a criminal
    • “There was always something a bit wrong with him,” she said, “but nothing you mightn’t have hoped for, not till they took him and carried him off and reformed him"
  2. (intransitive) To return to a good state; to amend or correct one's own character or habits
    It is hoped that many criminals, upon being freed, will eventually reform.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To form again or in a new configuration.
    This product contains reformed meat.
    The regiment reformed after surviving the first attack.
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  • Spanish: reformar

  • (GA) IPA: /ɹɪˈfɔɹm/, /ɹəˈfɔɹm/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɹɪˈfɔːm/

reform (plural reforms)

  1. a political movement/party

reform (not comparable)

  1. Of Reform Judaism, its tenets, or its adherents.

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